The Camper Killings
Johnny Townsend, author
When a homeless man is found murdered a few blocks from Morgan Beylerian’s house in south Seattle, everyone seems to consider the body just so much additional trash to be cleared from the neighborhood. But Morgan liked the guy. They used to chat when Morgan brought Nick groceries once a week. And the brutal way the man was killed reminds Morgan of their shared Mormon heritage, back when the faithful agreed to have their throats slit if they ever revealed temple secrets. Did Nick’s former wife take action when her ex-husband refused to grant a temple divorce? Did his murder have something to do with the public accusations that brought an end to his promising career? Morgan does his best to investigate when no one else seems to care, but it isn’t easy as a man living paycheck to paycheck himself, only able to pursue his investigation via public transit. As he continues his search for the killer, Morgan’s friends withdraw and his husband threatens to leave. When another homeless man is killed and Morgan is accused of the crime, things look even bleaker. But his troubles aren’t over yet. Will Morgan find the killer before the killer finds him?